Rosie Morrison's Story


Rosie majored in Paramedicine during her Bachelor of Health Science at Whitireia. She graduated at the end of 2019 and she’s just about to finish a graduate internship with Wellington Free Ambulance. She was lucky enough to be able to work and study at the same time, trying to learn cardiology and do shift work at the same time was hard she admits, but she’s glad she did it. Rosie’s days are varied and jam-packed and she loves the excitement of not knowing what kind of day she’s going to have – it could be helping the elderly up off the floor, or helping people injured at a game. She thinks paramedicine is the perfect career where she’s able to help people all over the region, in their homes and on the streets. It’s the perfect job for someone as social and curious as she is. 

“It’s not an easy job, but the rewards are worth it.” 

Rosie had previously got a Visual Arts degree in Dunedin, went travelling, and came home with a lot of wonderful experiences, but a bit unsure about what she wanted to do with her life. She’s not exactly sure what turned her on to the idea of paramedicine, once she started researching it, she was hooked on the idea of following this career path. Having a degree under her belt already, Rosie absorbed as much as she could, forming strong relationships with her fellow students and tutors. Her tutors Ken and Josie were very passionate and patient people who inspired her during the programme. The best part of the course was the mix of practical course work, and hands on work on the ambulance – the mix of both is perfect, in her opinion. 

For Rosie, the best part of her job is talking to so many people from many walks of life. She believes paramedicine is about medicine, obviously, but there’s a huge social aspect that many people might not know about. She admits that working the long hours can be tough, but she’s grateful to be able to form close relationships with her crewmates by spending so much time with them, practicing patient questioning, and sharing moving human experiences with them. She may have stumbled upon paramedicine, but it’s turned out to be Rosie’s dream job. Her advice to people considering paramedicine as a career is to just keep going and keep learning. “It’s not an easy job, but the rewards are worth it.”